Old Men Are Making This Summer’s Hottest Hip-Hop
Did you listen to the latest Common joint posted up at XXL Mag Dot Com? If you didn’t like the track titled ‘The People’ you could be forgiven because maybe you think that Dwele only belongs on rappers from the D tracks. Maybe you’re a rap literalist or some shit. Whatever your problem, if you aren’t feeling the latest Com Sense joint called ‘The Game’ then you should find a nice quiet space to kill yourself. I show respect to Com Sense for being the veteran in the music industry that hasn’t decided to alienate his core audience to follow a trend.
The real story for the summer though is going to be the return of Fifty Cent. Everything that I have heard from his new album is a certified banger. The less I hear Fifty Cent singing the better. I think his new album will be bigger than ‘Get Rich Or Die Trying’. I see all these politically conservative groups trying to rally their troops to stop Fifty’s money machine. Let’s see if Jimmy Iovine stands behind Fifty better than he did for Ice T.
If Hip-Hoppers were as politically active with their money as some conservative groups are with theirs then we wouldn’t see all of these rappers being dropped by their sponsors like bad habits. Lots of people still listen to Hip-Hop but no one buys the shit. This is becoming a problem on several levels. Like we spoke about before there is a total industry of office workers, delivery people and even compact disk casing manufacturers that are supported by CD sales. The fact that CD sales for Hip-Hop music are so weak means that record labels and music outlets aren’t willing to defend the music from criticism of external forces. If people don’t care about the music enough to support it on a retail level then it’s vulnerable enough to be dictated by people who don’t see the difference in Young MC and Young Jeezy.
I’m not telling you that buying Fifty Cent’s CD will stop the conservative onslaught on rap music, but it will send a message to the Bill O’Reillys that use their platforms to bash the culture at every turn but have never taken a minute to discover why rap music speaks to so many people. Understand that your money is your real voting power. Use it to tell the government what you feel about the censorship of ideas and concert cancellations and the attack upon the culture that you represent.
Or you could do nothing…